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Agnès Varda’s Boundless Creative Vision: An Overview of Her Career and Recommended Viewing

Agnès Varda’s Boundless Creative Vision: An Overview of Her Career and Recommended Viewing

Agnès Varda defied expectations when she made her first film in 1955. She was still breaking boundaries more than 50 years later.

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Agnès Varda’s Third Life as a Visual Artist

Agnès Varda’s Third Life as a Visual Artist

We interview Rosalie Varda, who helped her mother continue creating in the last phase of her career.

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Dispatches from the Pandemic: Art and Artists that Made 2020 Better

Dispatches from the Pandemic: Art and Artists that Made 2020 Better

The work of Virginia Knepper Doyle, Tim Prentice, Irving Guyer, Edgar Degas, and Hedda Sterne enriched a difficult year.

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How Lennart Anderson Made a Late Masterpiece

Lennart Anderson

How Lennart Anderson Made a Late Masterpiece

When Lennart Anderson's vision declined, he adapted his painting methods and created a new body of masterful work, starting with "Lion Mask."

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Strong Shapes, Vivid Lines, Big Color

Erika Marie York

Strong Shapes, Vivid Lines, Big Color

An interview with Erika Marie York, 30, who has had Stargardt disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration, since childhood.

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Digitized Slides Reveal 70 Years of Cityscapes

Serge Hollerbach

Digitized Slides Reveal 70 Years of Cityscapes

The Russian émigré artist Serge Hollerbach has spent seven decades drawing and painting his Upper West Side neighborhood—most recently, from memory.

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Wind Is the Ultimate Artist

Tim Prentice

Wind Is the Ultimate Artist

An interview with kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice on the occasion of a recent exhibit at the Cornwall Library in Connecticut.

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“Demand to See:” A Painter Writes about Losing His Vision

Milford Zornes

“Demand to See:” A Painter Writes about Losing His Vision

In writing about his vision loss, Milford Zornes wanted to impart hope. He did so by acknowledging the pain of loss.

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The Gestalt of Seeing

Andrea Torrice

The Gestalt of Seeing

An interview with Andrea Torrice about building a successful filmmaking career after developing early onset macular degeneration as a young woman.

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Film
“A Is for Artist:” A Short Film about Robert Andrew Parker

Robert Andrew Parker

“A Is for Artist:” A Short Film about Robert Andrew Parker

In this short video profile, Parker reflects upon his career, inspirations, and how vision loss has affected his work (scarcely at all).

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Lessons in Creativity from Artists with Macular Degeneration

Lessons in Creativity from Artists with Macular Degeneration

Eight artists from one generation and how they continued making art after vision loss due to macular degeneration.

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Haunted: Images of Blindness Plague Artists with Vision Loss

Haunted: Images of Blindness Plague Artists with Vision Loss

Western art—and artists—are haunted by negative representations of blindness.

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Dahlov Ipcar’s Enchanted World

Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar’s Enchanted World

We look back at this artist’s singular life and work on the first anniversary of her passing.

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Hedda Sterne’s Recommended Books

Hedda Sterne’s Recommended Books

Hedda Sterne was a passionate reader. We offer her refreshingly timeless book recommendations as captured in her correspondence with a friend.

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Wolf Kahn at the Brattleboro Museum: The Surface & What Lies Beneath

Wolf Kahn at the Brattleboro Museum: The Surface & What Lies Beneath

This exhibition of Wolf Kahn's post-macular paintings reveals the artist's greatest strengths.

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Art Inhabits the Terrain of the Paradoxical

Doris Salcedo

Art Inhabits the Terrain of the Paradoxical

On the occasion of her exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, an interview with Doris Salcedo on vision loss and artmaking.

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At 90 Years, a Life of Talent, Luck, Music, & Play

Robert Andrew Parker

At 90 Years, a Life of Talent, Luck, Music, & Play

Artist and illustrator Robert Andrew Parker turned 90 this week.

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“There Is Such a Thing as Instinct in a Painter”

Serge Hollerbach

“There Is Such a Thing as Instinct in a Painter”

In this excerpt from our oral history, Serge Hollerbach talks about making contact with reality through art.

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Something Intangible, Something Shared

Jenny Oldknow

Something Intangible, Something Shared

An interview with this young, British artist about how she's adapting to her new view of the world.

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The Last Free Show On Earth

Robert Hamilton

The Last Free Show On Earth

Robert Hamilton passed away 10 years ago, but his widow, Nancy Hamilton, continues the tradition of exhibiting his work every summer.

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Painting as Poetry

Thomas Sgouros

Painting as Poetry

A memorial exhibition at RISD highlights Thomas Sgouros's poetic vision and the dramatic paintings he created after losing his vision.

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Folding Old Work into the New

George Wardlaw

Folding Old Work into the New

In this oral history excerpt, Wardlaw discusses the spirit and spirituality, the past and the present, starting and finishing, and more.

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Oliver Sacks: Insights on Vision and Blindness

Oliver Sacks: Insights on Vision and Blindness

On the occasion of Oliver Sacks’s passing, we reflect on his writings about the human eye, perception, and his own vision loss.

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In Memoriam

Lennart Anderson

In Memoriam

Remembering Lennart Anderson.

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The Prismatic Dimension

Dahlov Ipcar

The Prismatic Dimension

As Ipcar's star rises, her vision has declined. Her recent work is unusually simple—and powerful in new ways

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Rendering the Essence

David Levine

Rendering the Essence

When David Levine could no longer illustrate due to macular degeneration, he made paintings that revealed his deep mastery of craft.

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Film
“Seeing with Light:” A Film

Lennart Anderson

“Seeing with Light:” A Film

In this short video profile, Lennart Anderson talks about his life. He also works on a portrait of fellow artist Kyle Staver.

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A studio Visit with a Master Artist and Illustrator

Robert Andrew Parker

A studio Visit with a Master Artist and Illustrator

After seeing Parker's retrospective exhibition at The Century Association in New York, we sought him out in person and visited his studio.

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